An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





Within our family there was no such thing as a person who did not matter. Second cousins thrice removed mattered.


Shirley Abbott


One man can be a crucial ingredient on a team, but one man cannot make a team.


Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (1947-, American basketball player)


A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.


Henry Brooks Adams (1838-1918, American historian)


The true teacher defends his pupils against his own personal influence. He inspires self-distrust. He guides their eyes from himself to the spirit that quickens him. He will have no disciple.


Amos Bronson Alcott (1799-1888, American educator, social reformer)


Tears are the symbol of the inability of the soul to restrain its emotion and retain its self command.


Henri Frederic Amiel (1821-1881, Swiss philosopher, poet, critic)


To know how to suggest is the great art of teaching. To attain it we must be able to guess what will interest; we must learn to read the childish soul as we might a piece of music. Then, by simply changing the key, we keep up the attraction and vary the song.


Henri Frederic Amiel (1821-1881, Swiss philosopher, poet, critic)


The one exclusive sign of thorough knowledge is the power of teaching.


Aristotle (BC 384-322, Greek philosopher)


My object will be, if possible, to form Christian men, for Christian boys I can scarcely hope to make.


Thomas Arnold (1795-1842, British educator, scholar)


A professor is one who talks in someone else's sleep.


W. H. Auden (1907-1973, Anglo-American poet)


Tears are the summer showers to the soul.


Alfred Austin (1835-1914, British poet)


You can't teach a hunter it's wrong to kill.


Hari Dass Baba


You teach best what you most need to learn.


Richard Bach (1936-, American author)


I believe that every human soul is teaching something to someone nearly every minute here in mortality.


M. Russell Ballard (1928-, American missionary, bishop,)


Tears of joy are like the summer rain drops pierced by sunbeams.


Hosea Ballou (1771-1852, American theologian, founder of "Universalism")


Housework is a breeze. Cooking is a pleasant diversion. Putting up a retaining wall is a lark. But teaching is like climbing a mountain.


Fawn M. Brodie (1915-1981, American biographer)


A schoolmaster should have an atmosphere of awe, and walk wonderingly, as if he was amazed at being himself.


Walter Bagehot (1826-1977, British economist, critic)


The moment we break faith with one another, the sea engulfs us and the light goes out.


James Baldwin (1924-1987, American author)


Teaching is not a lost art, but the regard for it is a lost tradition.


Jacques Barzun (1907-, American scholar)


Is there no Latin word for Tea? Upon my soul, if I had known that I would have let the vulgar stuff alone.


Hilaire Belloc (1870-1953, British author)


Unless we do his teachings, we do not demonstrate faith in him.


Ezra Taft Benson (1899-1994, American government official and religious leader)


The schoolmaster is abroad! And I trust to him armed with his primer against the soldier in full military array.


Jeremy Bentham (1748-1832, British philosopher, jurist, political theorist)


Yogi saw three of his players in the locker room wearing Cone Head hats. Yogi said, Those guys make a pair.


Yogi Berra (1925-, American baseball player)


Ideally, couples need three lives; one for him, one for her, and one for them together.


Jacqueline Bisset (1946-, American screen actor)


Life is amazing: and the teacher had better prepare himself to be a medium for that amazement.


Edward Blishen (1920-, British actor)


The ideas that come out of most brainstorming sessions are usually superficial, trivial, and not very original.  They are rarely useful.  The process, however, seems to make uncreative people feel that they are making innovative contributions and that others are listening to them.


Harvey A. Block (American business executive, CEO of Bokenon Systems Inc.)


There is no real teacher who in practice does not believe in the existence of the soul, or in a magic that acts on it through speech.


Allan Bloom (1930-1992, American educator, author)


Tearless grief bleeds inwardly.


John Christian Bovee (1820-1904, American author, lawyer)


The world of knowledge takes a crazy turn when teachers themselves are taught to learn.


Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956, German dramatist, poet)


The best teacher is the one who suggests rather than dogmatizes, and inspires his listener with the wish to teach himself.


Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton (1803-1873, British novelist, poet)


We take eagles and teach them to fly in formation.


Wayne Calloway (American businessman, CEO of Pepsico)


A teacher who is not dogmatic is simply a teacher who is not teaching.


Gilbert K. Chesterton (1874-1936, British author)


Arrogance, pedantry, and dogmatism... the occupational diseases of those who spend their lives directing the intellects of the young.


Henry S. Canby (1878-1961, American author, editor)


A teacher is one who makes himself progressively unnecessary.


Thomas Carruthers


The nice thing about teamwork is that you always have others on your side.


Margaret Carty


One swallow alone does not make a summer.


Miguel De Cervantes (1547-1616, Spanish novelist, dramatist, poet)


First he wrought, and afterward he taught.


Geoffrey Chaucer (1340-1400, British poet)


The soul would have no rainbow had the eyes no tears.


John Vance Cheney


Tea! Thou soft, thou sober, sage, and venerable liquid, thou innocent pretence for bringing the wicked of both sexes together in a morning; thou female tongue-running, smile-smoothing, heart-opening, wink-tipping cordial, to whose glorious insipidity I owe the happiest moment of my life, let me fall prostrate thus, and adore thee.


Colley Cibber (1671-1757, British actor-manager, playwright)


You've got to be willing to stay committed to someone over the long run, and sometimes it doesn't work out. But often if you become real honest with yourself and honest with each other, and put aside whatever personal hurt and disappointment you have to really understand yourself and your spouse, it can be the most wonderful experience you've ever had.


Hillary Rodham Clinton (1947-, American First Lady, senator, wife of Bill Clinton)


If you think in terms of a year, plant a seed; if in terms of ten years, plant trees; if in terms of 100 years, teach the people.


Confucius (BC 551-479, Chinese ethical teacher, philosopher)


It is not possible for one to teach others who cannot teach his own family.


Confucius (BC 551-479, Chinese ethical teacher, philosopher)


Once more I would adopt the graver style -- a teacher should be sparing of his smile.


William Cowper (1731-1800, British poet)


You put together the best team that you can with the players you've got, and replace those who aren't good enough.


Robert Crandall (American business executive)


A wisely chosen illustration is almost essential to fasten the truth upon the ordinary mind, and no teacher can afford to neglect this part of his preparation.


Howard Crosby (1872-1922, American archaeologist, professor)


In the practice of tolerance, one's enemy is the best teacher.


Dalai Lama (1935-, Tibetan religious leader)


Who dares to teach must never cease to learn.


John Cotton Dana


There is no human reason why a child should not admire and emulate his teacher's ability to do sums, rather than the village bum's ability to whittle sticks and smoke cigarettes. The reason why the child does not is plain enough -- the bum has put himself on an equality with him and the teacher has not.


Floyd Dell


We learn best to listen to our own voices if we are listening at the same time to other women -- whose stories, for all our differences, turn out, if we listen well, to be our stories also.


Barbara Deming


A team is a team is a team. Shakespeare said that many times.


Dan Devine


We all have the same dreams.


Joan Didion (1934-, American essayist)


No problem is insurmountable. With a little courage, teamwork and determination a person can overcome anything.


B. Dodge


Partnering with executives and companies facing major challenges or significant opportunities to create extraordinary team focus, alignment and commitment.


Jim Donovan (American motivational speaker and business consultant)

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The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery.


Mark Van Doren (1894-1972, American poet, critic)


Woe to him who teaches men faster than they can learn.


William J. Durant (1885-1981, American historian, essayist)


All the wealth of the world cannot be compared with the happiness of living together happily united.


Margaret D'youville


It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.


Albert Einstein (1879-1955, German-born American physicist)


The real difficulty, the difficulty which has baffled the sages of all times, is rather this: how can we make our teaching so potent in the motional life of man, that its influence should withstand the pressure of the elemental psychic forces in the individual?


Albert Einstein (1879-1955, German-born American physicist)


Knowledge exists to be imparted.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


Those who go to college and never get out are called professors.


George Givot


The man who can make hard things easy is the educator.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


We love the precepts for the teacher's sake.


George Farquhar (c.1677-1707, Irish playwright)


Imitation is for shirkers, like-mindedness for the comfort lovers, unifying for the creators.


Mary Parker Follett (1868-1933, American author)


Leader and followers are both following the invisible leader -- the common purpose.


Mary Parker Follett (1868-1933, American author)


That is always our problem, not how to get control of people, but how all together we can get control of a situation.


Mary Parker Follett (1868-1933, American author)


The essential feature of common thought is not that it is held in common but that it has been produced in common ... the core of the social process is not likeness, but the harmonizing of differences through interpenetration.


Mary Parker Follett (1868-1933, American author)


The unifying of opposites is the eternal process.


Mary Parker Follett (1868-1933, American author)


Unity, not uniformity, must be our aim. We attain unity only through variety. Differences must be integrated, not annihilated, not absorbed.


Mary Parker Follett (1868-1933, American author)


What people often mean by getting rid of conflict is getting rid of diversity, and it is of the utmost importance that these should not be considered the same.


Mary Parker Follett (1868-1933, American author)


Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is success.


Henry Ford (1863-1947, American industrialist, founder of Ford Motor Company)


While you don't need a formal written contract before you get married, I think it's important for both partners to spell out what they expect from each other.... There are always plenty of surprises -- and lots of give and take -- once you're married.


Muriel Fox


People have been known to achieve more as a result of working with others than against them.


Dr. Allan Fromme (American psychotherapist, author)


I am not a teacher, but an awakener.


Robert Frost (1875-1963, American poet)


You cannot teach a man anything; you can only help him find it within himself.


Galileo Galilei (1564-1642, Italian astronomer, mathematician)


You cannot teach a man anything; you can only help him find it within himself.


Galileo Galilei (1564-1642, Italian astronomer, mathematician)


Those who know how to think need no teachers.


Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948, Indian political, spiritual leader)


The teacher gives not of his wisdom, but rather of his faith and lovingness.


Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931, Lebanese poet, novelist)


Good teaching is one-fourth preparation and three-fourths theater.


Gail Godwin


What chance gathers she easily scatters. A great person attracts great people and knows how to hold them together.


Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832, German poet, dramatist, novelist)


Well had the boding tremblers learned to trace the day's disasters in his morning face.


Oliver Goldsmith (1728-1774, Anglo-Irish author, poet, playwright)


Tears shed for self are tears of weakness, but tears shed for others are a sign of strength.


Billy Graham (1918-, American evangelist)


Clearly no group can as an entity create ideas.  Only individuals can do this.  A group of individuals may, however, stimulate one another in the creation of ideas.


Estill I. Green (American business executive, VP of Bell Telephone Laboratories)


Good teaching must be slow enough so that it is not confusing, and fast enough so that it is not boring.


Sydney J. Harris


A dwarf on a giant's shoulders sees the further of the two.


George Herbert (1593-1632, British metaphysical poet)


Many hands make light work.


John Heywood (1497-1580, British dramatist, proverb collection)


It is literally true that you can succeed best and quickest by helping others to succeed.


Napoleon Hill (1883-1970, American speaker, author, "Think And Grow Rich")


I swear... to hold my teacher in this art equal to my own parents; to make him partner in my livelihood; when he is in need of money to share mine with him; to consider his family as my own brothers and to teach them this art, if they want to learn it, without fee or indenture.


Hippocrates (Ancient Greek physician)


True teaching liberates the student from his teacher.


Ernest Holmes


On this team, we're all united in a common goal: to keep my job.


Lou Holtz (1937-, American football coach)


Light is the task where many share the toil.


Homer (c. 850 -? BC, Greek epic poet)


If you wish me to weep, you must first show grief yourself.


Horace (BC 65-8, Italian poet)


When you introduce a moral lesson, let it be brief.


Horace (BC 65-8, Italian poet)


The teacher is one who makes two ideas grow where only one grew before.


Elbert Hubbard (1859-1915, American author, publisher)


Everybody on a championship team doesn't get publicity, but everyone can say he's a champion.


Earvin "Magic" Johnson (1959-, American basketball player)


Morality sticks faster when presented in brief sayings than when presented in long discourse.




There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are the messengers of overwhelming grief, of deep contrition, and of unspeakable love.


Washington Irving (1783-1859, American author)


Under certain circumstances, there are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.


Henry James (1843-1916, American author)


The streams which would otherwise diverge to fertilize a thousand meadows, must be directed into one deep narrow channel before they can turn a mill.


Anna Jameson (1794-1860, British essayist)


Its proper use is to amuse the idle, and relax the studious, and dilute the full meals of those who cannot use exercise, and will not use abstinence.


Samuel Johnson (1709-1784, British author)


We must stand together; if we don't, there will be no victory for any one of us.


Mother Jones


There are plenty of teams in every sport that have great players and never win titles. Most of the time, those players aren't willing to sacrifice for the greater good of the team. The funny thing is, in the end, their unwillingness to sacrifice only makes individual goals more difficult to achieve. One thing I believe to the fullest is that if you think and achieve as a team, the individual accolades will take care of themselves. Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence win championships.


Michael Jordan (1963-, American basketball player, actor)


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